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Certain Commonly Used Plastic Products to Be Banned, Others to Require Marking and Face Other Measures

15 June 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its much debated draft law targeting single use plastics (SUPs). The future law will, it is intended, ban a number of frequently used products – such ...Read More


Additional Duties on Large Number of US Products Imported into the EU to Begin Applying in July This Year

15 June 2018

On 6 June 2018, as part of the EU's response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the European Commission’s 28 highest ranking officials (the so-called “College of Commissioners”) endors...Read More


ECHA Launches Call for Evidence on Substances Found in, Among Others, Textile and Leather Articles

15 June 2018

On 21 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence on the use of skin sensitisers, skin irritants and/or corrosive substances in textile and leather articles, hides and ...Read More


Possibility of Review and Extension of Existing Trade Defence Measures Against Solar Panels

15 June 2018

It is reported that European solar producers had until 3 June 2018 to file requests for the Commission to review the extension of trade defence measures on Chinese solar panels beyond the 3 September ...Read More


Seven Substances to Be Assessed for Their Eventual Prohibition in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sold to EU Customers

15 June 2018

The European Commission has appointed two external agencies, the Oeko-Institut and Fraunhofer IZM, to undertake a “Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new ...Read More


Circular Economy Package Adopted, While Product Obsolescence Remains in Spotlight for Shaping of Future Laws

15 June 2018

On 22 May 2018, EU Member State ministers voting within the Council adopted the much-touted Circular Economy Package which will apply throughout the European Union. Earlier, on 18 April 2018, the Pack...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

15 June 2018

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels and cells of the type used in crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels (the cells have a thickness not exceeding 400 micrometres) as furthe...Read More


Official Journal Summary

15 June 2018

Notice concerning the anti-dumping and countervailing measures in force on imports into the Union of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in the People’...Read More


Trade Regulations of the EU

12 June 2018

The EU’s Common Commercial Policy covers all the main measures affecting trade in goods and services and almost all trade-related issues. Trade-related areas partially covered by the common trade poli...Read More


Likelihood of Global Trade War Increases Following U.S. Rescission of Steel/Aluminium Tariff Exemptions for EU, Canada and Mexico

8 June 2018

The United States rescinded on 1 June the exemptions it temporarily provided to the European Union, Canada and Mexico from the additional import duties on steel and aluminium that were imposed as of 2...Read More


New EU Data Protection Regulation Set to Have Impact on Hong Kong Companies Operating in the EU

1 June 2018

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) became directly applicable throughout the European Union. This new instrument, which establishes a harmonised set of rules on the ...Read More


New Set of Exemptions under EU RoHS Law Published, Which Could Assist Hong Kong Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

1 June 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal of the EU published seven new directives, each of them amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electro...Read More


EU’s Toy Safety Directive Amended So As to Lower Limit Values for Chromium VI in Scraped-off Toy Materials

1 June 2018

On 17 May 2018, a new EU-wide law – Directive 2018/725 – was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new Directive amends Directive 2009/48/EC, which is the framework toy safety Directive, by...Read More


ECHA Launches New Consumer Information Website: “Chemicals in Our Life” Which Can Also Assist Sellers of Consumer Goods

1 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of all kinds of consumer goods, including clothing and textiles, cleaning products, electronics, plastic products, cosmetics and food should be alerted to a new website dedicated to ...Read More


Proposed EU Law Focuses on Collective Representative Actions on Behalf of Wronged Consumers

1 June 2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a new proposed Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Hong Kong sellers will appreciate th...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

1 June 2018

Hot-rolled steel sheet piles defined as sheet piling of iron or steel, whether or not drilled, punched or made from assembled elements, composed of hot rolled corrugated sheets with interlocks that ca...Read More


Official Journal Summary

1 June 2018

Notice concerning the judgments of the General Court of 15 September 2016 in Cases T-80/14, T-111/14 to T-121/14 and T-139/14 regarding Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1194/2013 imposing a def...Read More


European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More


New EU Law Proposed on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain

18 May 2018

On 12 April 2018, the European Commission proposed a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The food supply chain is identified as...Read More


Proposal Puts Forth Ban on Certain Single-use Plastic Products

18 May 2018

On 30 April 2017, it came to light that there is to be a ban on plastics used in items such as cotton buds, straws, cutlery, plates, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks, a leaked EU draft legislative...Read More

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